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A Dangerous & Absurd Disconnect: “Everything on the Internet Should Be Free- Sibel Edmonds

This article resonates with me tremendously... as I'm sure it does with a lot of activists here at the Daily Paul. Those who are activists in the struggle of regaining our Liberty and ensuring it for the future know the sacrifices that need to be done to get ANY results. Today for Thanksgivings, I post this article from super whistle blower Sibel Edmonds, who explains so well what many of us at the DP feel. Thank you Sibel!

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The Hidden Price of the Establishment Sugar Daddies-Backed Propaganda & Vulture Advertisers-Sponsored Free Content -

The other day I was chatting with a man who was expressing his appreciation for our irate minority home-Boiling Frogs Post. Everything, all the brief communication, up to a certain point, was going well. Until … until he made the following comment:

I love what you guys are doing. It is activism, and it is so badly needed. I wish I had the time to participate and contribute work to your site. But the thing is I have a very hectic life … a full-time job, family and kids, and elderly mother who is about to go to a care facility, and a bunch of health issues. So, unfortunately, I can’t afford spending any time on activism at this time.

I was truly taken aback. I was offended. I was also offended on behalf of all my partners and activist friends here at BFP. Why? Here is why:

There is this assumption, not only by the man I was chatting with, but many others, that people who engage in activism, or those who work hard to further the truth and provide independent and solid needed information, are either:

A- Independently wealthy-as in millionaires

B- Have no family and children responsibilities, or loved ones to care for

C- Have no health issues or other difficult life circumstances to deal with

D- Are a bunch who have somehow forsaken and abdicated all their responsibilities, family, survival needs and health for the cause

I was offended because none of the above applies to either me or any of the people I work with. I, for one, am one of those jugglers who is handling family responsibilities, including a five-year old handful daughter, working to survive and have my family survive, handling health related emergencies and needs with bare-bones private insurance with a high deductible in order to keep monthly costs down, and … well, like all of you, so much more.

The decision to establish this amazing independent and nonpartisan information site did not come easy for me. Allow me to put it in perspective. I first had to turn my full-time job into a part-time one. And last year I gave up that job altogether to manage this website full-time (and overtime). The income difference between the two, my previous work and this work, is 70-%. This is a cost that is not only born by me but also my family. Is it hard? You bet it is. Can it be sustained? I don’t know for sure. But I am not the determinant of that- those who benefit from and appreciate what we are providing here will be determining that.

Over a year ago one of our partners here at BFP did the same thing. He quit his full-time teaching job, began dedicating all his time to producing needed independent information and news, and took a chance with not only himself but his family’s survival as well. And that includes a newly arrived baby.

There seems to be this highly absurd belief among the masses that everything on the Internet has to and must be free. That is nothing short of ridiculous. I marvel at that widely held absurd notion that says we are entitled to free information and content because it’s out there on the Internet and on our laptops, and the absurdity of the belief that there is a separation between information and analyses placed in a book and that on pages over the internet.

Information, whether it is a product of hours of research and writing, or hours spent producing and publishing video and podcast programs, isn’t free. Nor are music, movies, literature … housing, food and clothing. The people who report, analyze, write, and produce, need, like everyone else, to be paid for their work. It is a matter of survival. It is a matter of necessity. And there is no way around it...

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Supporting BFP (and other liberty related sites) needs to be looked at as "buying a war bond". The war on our side not being one of violence, but rather of education.

So she has an unsustainable business model. Ouch.

There are other income generating alternatives and it's incumbent on her to find them. The fact is the marketplace offers many alternatives for most information these days. This isn't an ethical issue, it's a marketing issue.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

We can make it sustainable

Her point is that if she takes money then she loses the freedom to speak her mind.

In the context of Edmonds' fundraising issues, its understandabl

In the context of Sybel Edmonds' fundraising issues, its understandable that she's railing against critics of Boiling Frog post's subscription fee. She's losing subscribers, and losing contributors, and its affecting her bottom line.

I'm in the absurdity camp, I suppose. I do expect free stuff on the internet. I hate it when old cartoons on Youtube are blacked out by copyright claims. But its not making me pony up $2.99 or $1.99 or even 99 cents to pay to watch. If its not for free, I won't watch. I don't need to watch anything, really.

I'll tolerate commercials. But not fees. Same with Boiling Frog post.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

So people should just work

So people should just work for free? How can you possibly justify this attitude? If you don't feel it's worth it, don't buy it, but to say that everything should just be free? Just so you can have it for free with absolutely no regard for the efforts going into creating that content, or syndicating it?

And As Siebel Said In That Podcast...

...she needs enough money to pay for the basics in life too (food, shelter, etc) plus she has a daughter. The translation of that is: "if you want true hard-hitting free (as in 'unfettered by TPTB') media to exist then you need to make it possible for the ones creating it to be able to survive". In other words, if she can't afford to eat then she can't afford to make more podcasts. Or, if she has to get a "regular job" then she won't be able to use that time and energy creating podcasts.

It would be one thing if she were making a $1 million per year salary off BFP (like Amy Goodman of Democracy Now apparently earns) but that certainly does not appear to be the case here.

One of the biggest problems is that so many people don't even recognize that there is something wrong. There are people I know who aren't the least bit concerned about NSA spying. And there are others who believe that a true hard-hitting independent media outlet should just magically exist, without any concern that the creators of this content have to deal w/ real world issues (like "being able to afford to eat").

Not everything, just certain things, such as cartoons and news

Not everything, just certain things, such as cartoons and news. I recall when broadcast television and radio was the key source of media, and we got to see feature films two months after their theatrical run finished. They were cut for censorship and run time and clogged with commercials, but it was free. So was the evening news, and still is. Internet news and activism has to accommodate itself to a similar way of working.

Instead of big media outlets where Dan Rather got $8 million and had a staff of hundreds, and the viewership demanded $20,000 ad spots, the modern internet alterative news source should work with a scaled down operation.

They say its not possible. But then, I thought the mainstream media was dead.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

Sorry, but you do not get to

Sorry, but you do not get to arbitrarily define what freedoms creators do or do not get. They have the freedom not to give you their work for free. I have no idea what makes you think that specific work should be socialized and that people should be forced to do work at gunpoint for the mere entertainment of others, but it's literally insane, and if you try to enact it on me I will terminate your life.

The Point Is

That without the fees, things like BFP won't exist. I can live without watching old cartoons but I would think the DP community would want stuff like BFP to exist. I do donate to that site and I encourage others to as well.